Employees at leading independent Wiltshire recruiter 24-7 Staffing will soon be able to enjoy a four-day week thanks to the company trialing a new way of working.
The Chippenham-based business, which also has offices in Yate and Amesbury, is bringing in the change as a way of boosting employee engagement and productivity and attracting new members to the team. There will be no reduction in salary for staff, who will still be fully paid but work one day less each week.
Julian Thompson, Managing Director of 24-7 Staffing, said he had taken his inspiration for the move to a four-day week from a recent pilot project in the UK, which proved a major success for participating businesses.
In the project, devised by the think tank Autonomy, with academics from the University of Cambridge and Boston College, of the 61 companies taking part, 56 said they’d carry on with the new system – a 92 per cent success rate.
Julian said, “At 24-7 Staffing we pride ourselves on putting people at the heart of our businesses, whether that’s the people who work directly for us or the candidates we recruit for our clients. We had been thinking about trialling a four-day week and when we put it to the team they were completely behind the idea. Results from the Autonomy study show that far from reducing productivity, a four-day week actually boosts productivity, because staff are more engaged and less stressed and tired.”
According to Julian, the four-day week model will also aid recruitment to the company, which is looking to take on additional recruitment consultants.
Under the new system, which will be trialled for six months from May, across all three offices, staff will be divided into two teams; each team will work an overlapping four-day week, to ensure the business is fully open, with no reduction in, or interruption to, service to clients. The company specialises in recruiting for the driving, healthcare, industrial and commercial sectors.
Julian added, “This new working model will give our employees more opportunities to work across different divisions and learn different skills, so it will be a great tool for their personal development. From our clients’ point of view, everything will be very much business as usual.”
For more information about 24-7 Staffing, and for details of current vacancies both within the businesses itself and among its clients, visit 24-7staffing.co.uk/.
Pictured above: Julian Thompson, Managing Director of 24-7 Staffing